Laura Lancaster Faulk and Eric Malnassy invite all to Ministry Sunday!
- 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I (Livestreamed)
- 10 a.m. All-parish Holy Eucharist (Surface Lot) as a parish, we will bring our Ministry Commitment cards to the altar
The 10 a.m. Outdoor Holy Eucharist this Sunday replaces our usual 9 and 11:15 a.m. services. and will be followed by a picnic lunch with live music by the Spring Chickens. We’ll also have a fun planting activity for all ages. Bring your hat, it looks to be a beautiful sunny morning. Ministry Sunday is an opportunity for everyone to join one of 40+ ministries (see them listed below) at St. David’s. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend. See you there!
Acolyte Ministry is a ministry for youth in grades 6-12 to serve during the worship services. Ever had trouble focusing during church? Have a hard time keeping your attention span high to worship with your family? Acolytes learn about why we do what we do in worship, and the worship service starts to make a lot more sense when you have a job to do! We are actively seeking new members on Sundays at the 9 & 11:15 a.m. services in Historic Church and during special services like during Lent, Advent, Christmas, and Easter. If any of this sounds interesting to you, please contact our Director of Youth Ministry, Kelsey Cooper and she will get you the information you need to participate!
The purpose of Adult Christian Formation is to form disciples of Jesus Christ through ongoing opportunities for adults in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to theology, the Bible, the intersection of faith and culture, spirituality, and spiritual practices. We achieve this through Sunday morning lectures and classes, small groups, quiet days, and special events. Please join us at stdave.org/classes.
As long as there has been worship and communion at St. David’s there has been an Altar Guild. Come explore and enhance your experience of worship in community with other volunteers. If you are interested in deepening your faith through a service ministry, Altar Guild may be what you have been looking for. Work alongside your fellow parishioners supporting the celebration of Holy Eucharist.
The Time Commitment is 2-3 hours once a month, 1-2 hours one Saturday a month, and a partial hour one Sunday a month. Contact Altar Guild leaders to get involved.
The Arbor Terrace Supper Club is held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month. Are community and hospitality your thing? Join in cooking and sharing a meal with 40-60 residents of Arbor Terrace, a Foundation Communities supportive housing property for single adults located in East Austin. Organized by Adrian and Trey Buchanan, each month a crew of 10-12 volunteers prepare menu items at home and share a meal with the residents of Arbor Terrace (2501 S Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, 78741). Contact .
The Bethell Family Singers are a joyous small group of musicians helping to lead worship in Bethell Hall. We meet every Sunday at 8:15 a.m. to rehearse for our 9 a.m. service. We do a variety of music, including hymns and service music but also contemporary Christian songs and music you know from the radio. We get to improvise and figure out our own harmonies, and each of us gets opportunities to have solos if they’re desired. All ages and skill levels are welcome, and there is no attendance requirement – come when you can as you’re able and make a joyful noise with us! For more information, please contact Bethell Hall Director of Music Mark Wischkaemper.
Children’s Ministry is called to support children and families in their formation, worship, and daily lives. Through wonder, learning, prayer, and play, we seek to nurture children’s growing faith, and encourage them to seek and serve Christ in every human being. The last two years have shown us how much we need community, and we hope you might join ours! Contact Director of Children’s Ministry Amanda Wischkaemper to learn about volunteer opportunities, Sunday classes, and more.
The Children’s Choirs of St. David’s are open for children ages 5 to seniors in high school. All choirs meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and sing in church approximately every month. Additionally, 5th graders and under do a short musical every spring, which is great fun! We learn the basics of singing and performing, how music fits into the liturgical calendar throughout the year, and how being a music leader is important in church life. We’d love to have you! Contact Choir Directors to learn more.
Communications and AV Ministry
We are looking for people in the parish with an interest in sound and visual communication. Do you want to learn about audio, cameras, lighting, and digital production? Gain experience in event production or social media management? We can teach you! Help us produce our weekly livestream services and join a fun, easygoing group that is happy to share our knowledge with the parish. Interested volunteers could help our AV Tech Patrick Senn on Sunday mornings or assist our communications department during the week by sharing all the good things we do at St. David’s. Please contact for more information.
Compline is the last of the daily Offices (the round of services of psalmody and prayer in the traditional liturgy of the Western Church), sung before retiring for the evening. Since 1986, this short, meditative service has been offered on Sundays by the St. David’s Compline Choir. This small ensemble of experienced singers, led for some 30 years by Dr. David Stevens, director of music, sings Gregorian chant, Elizabethan and Tudor motets, and a variety of contemporary hymns.
St. Paul advises us to “pray constantly,” and when we repeat the Baptismal Covenant, we promise to “continue in the prayers.” Putting these aspirations into action, the Daily Office Worship Leaders offer services of Daily Evening Prayer each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., led by trained lay worship leaders. We use the Rite II service from the Prayer Book and name individuals in prayers for guidance and healing, for the homebound, the departed, those expecting a child, and the newly born. We always offer an opportunity for the congregation to add their own prayers and thanksgiving.
Daily prayer has been offered at St. David’s for as long as any of us can remember. We can always use new leaders, but we mostly want to grow the weekly congregation. The Zoom services, during the pandemic, have had a congregation of 7-15 people each week. We will plan to return to “hybrid” Zoom services with a live congregation joining from Grace Chapel. .
Daughters of the King
Daughters of the King is an order that began 136 years ago for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate. Daughters of the King (DOK) are women around the world in the Anglican, Lutheran (ELCA), and Roman Catholic churches. Each daughter takes a lifetime vow to live by the Rule of the Order, which requires a spiritual discipline of daily prayer, service, and evangelism.
“Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision is to know Jesus Christ, make Him known to others, and become reflections of God’s love throughout the world.”
St. David’s Day School provides care for students aged 12 months to 5 years. Our hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Weekly children’s chapel takes place every Monday and Thursday and a local children’s fitness and movement instructor comes in each Tuesday to work with our students on important gross motor and social skills. Within the 2020 school year, the Day School served 35 students and we have steadily increased enrollment to 50 students by the end of 2021. The Day School was able to collaborate with St. David’s Children’s Ministry in 2021 on both the Trunk or Treat and Harvest Sunday events offering children’s activities for all. The Day School also hosts our pre-k graduation in May and a monthly community event in the Austin area for families to connect outside of the school setting. During the summer 2021, we hosted our first summer camp for students aged 6-12 years old. Enrollment for this camp is 20 students. The Day School is looking forward to further collaboration with children’s ministry events in the year to come.
We offer tours for prospective families every weekday between 9:30 a.m.-Noon and would love to host volunteers to read aloud to our students
The Environmental Guild conducts a variety of initiatives to enhance the sustainability of the St. David’s campus (being a certified Green Sanctuary, recycling of items through the lobby bins, maintaining the landscaping as a nationally Certified Wildlife Habitat in the center of the city); sponsoring occasional Christian Formation programs to foster eco-awareness; maintaining beehives at Barking Dog Ranch and selling honey when harvested; and other activities to promote thoughtful environmental stewardship of God’s creation. Our annual Creation Care Fair highlights sustainable practices and helps fund our activities.
Within the Environmental Guild, the Garden Committee is a hands-on group that helps maintain the church’s native flowering landscapes by weeding, planting, mulching on an as-needed basis.
When you enjoy a cup of coffee from a real mug in Sumners Hall, thank the Environmental Guild. Getting rid of Styrofoam cups was the group’s first project after it was formed in 2003. And the solar array on our garage roof, which supplies up to 75% of the church’s electricity, was the result of a 10-year-long effort by the Environmental Guild and church staff.
New members are always welcome to join us, and current members are encouraged to be as active as possible. We meet approximately quarterly, on an as-needed basis. We are resuming in-person meetings in the Guild Room on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Upcoming meetings are tentatively scheduled for July 10, Sept. 11, and Nov. 13.
Lectors and Intercessors read the lessons and “Prayers of the People” at the Sunday services, and they are scheduled on a rotating basis. Volunteers can choose which service in the morning is preferred. Volunteers need to be able to read in a strong voice and have a public speaking presence. This is a lovely way to get involved with and support our worship on Sunday mornings. Commitment is minimal requiring only 1-2 hours per month and a once/year training/refresher.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers/LEM’s
Lay Eucharistic Ministers, or LEMs for short, help administer bread and wine at worship services and beyond. Those wishing to function in this capacity are scheduled on a rotating basis at their preferred Sunday morning service. LEMs require training on how to administer the bread and wine and will be asked to complete a refresher training every few years.
Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV)
A layperson approved by the rector or head of their congregation and licensed by the bishop of a diocese, after a period of study and training, to deliver and lead the Eucharist and administer the consecrated bread and wine to parishioners of their congregation who are unable to come to church services offered by their congregation.
The Church Foundation focuses on providing meaningful ministry enhancements to the parish, which are beyond the capacity of the annual operating budget. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors of some 8-10 people who serve various lengths of tenure on the Board. The Foundation is the place where persons who wish to ensure the future sustainability of the Church provide monetary gifts. These gifts are not part of the operating budget but contributions to the endowment, the permanent Church income.
Gifts to the endowment are invested and with the interest income generated by the investment, The Foundation is able to provide those meaningful ministry enhancements as mentioned. For example, each year there are two major distributions from The Foundation to help bridge gaps in the Church operating budget to cover ministry enhancements.
The Foundation serves as the gatekeeper and steward of the monetary investment gifts which it receives from various sources, such as checks, real and personal property, stocks and memorial gifts, to name a few. There is a St. David’s Gift Acceptance Policy that gives interested person details on the process. Gifts to The Foundation are a special way to be part of St. David’s Church history and its future.
Foyer Groups are a fun and easy way for 10-12 parishioners to gather on a regular but informal basis for purely social reasons. Groups are made up of singles, couples, young people, retired folks, etc. A cross-section of the parish.
There is a Foyers Group that meets on Sunday afternoons approximately once a month to enjoy one of Chef Ray’s elegant hot meals ($10.00) in Sumners Hall. Have a great time visiting and being together. Please invite your friends…we have room for a crowd. You may register online.
Jesus’ table fellowship, as it is described in the New Testament, was radically inclusive. His welcome of the marginalized and oppressed of his day opened a way to share God’s love and acceptance of all people. The Open Table formation program at St. David’s seeks to create a welcoming space for members of the LGBTQ+ community to come together and explore a variety of topics through presentations, film screenings, book studies, and journey groups. There will also be a quarterly fellowship and a quarterly Eucharist. These monthly offerings will usually be on Wednesday nights.
Celebrating GLEE: June 8, Historic Church, 6:30 p.m. This evening will include our quarterly Open Table Eucharist and a time of remembering and honoring the work of our GLEE fellowship group and those who have made St. David’s a welcome place for LGBTQ+ people.
Go and Do Likewise
Go and Do Likewise, an all-volunteer project, helps asylum-seeking families who are fleeing persecution in their home countries get settled in Austin, Texas. 100% of donations go to paying for rent, food, attorney fees, medicine, and other basic needs. Although rent, food, and medicine are clearly essential, paying for a private attorney to handle their asylum cases may be the most important way we help long term. It can mean the difference between them getting asylum and getting to stay and being deported after a long and arduous journey. Email Rebecca Hall, for more information.
Please consider joining the Greeting Ministry at St. David’s. Greeters are the first smiling faces parishioners and newcomers meet at our church doors on Sunday mornings. We are looking for volunteers to greet at either the 9 or 11:15 a.m. service. We can discuss the one Sunday a month that fits your schedule best. When you greet for the first time, another greeter on your team will show you the ropes. Also, once you’re on board, St. David’s online scheduler will send a friendly reminder prior to your Sunday to greet. Additionally, you will have access to the scheduler to request a substitute when needed or volunteer to sub for another greeter. Greeting at St. David’s is a wonderful way to give back to our church. Plus, it’s an easy gig and can be a newcomer’s first step in getting involved in church activities.
As a greeter for several years, I’ve always thought that opening the doors of St. David’s for friends, old and new, is an enjoyable and critical piece of our outreach. We’re a friendly bunch at St. David’s who strive to share the love of God. Greeters coordinator,
St David’s has a magnificent 6-octave set of handbells and a 5-octave set of hand chimes. Playing this wonderful instrument is a team sport and we invite musicians and percussionists at any level to join us. Currently, the handbell choir practices from 6-7:45 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, preparing musical offerings for occasional Sunday morning services throughout the year. Contact handbell choir director Gail Findlay at 512-569-1583 (text or call) or to learn more.
Members of this ministry are looking for fellow parishioners to join in implementing the HOME Mission Statement which includes:Sharing and incorporating Hispanic religious traditions at St. David’s
- Building awareness around issues affecting the Hispanic community
- Sharing cultural traditions through social activities with fellow parishioners
- Calling St. David’s to action on issues affecting vulnerable member of the Hispanic
- Creating a welcoming environment for Hispanics and Latinos to join St. David’s
Due to the pandemic, this ministry has not met on a regular basis, rather have met as needed in preparation for specific events such as designing an Altar Table to honor the Dia de los Muertos and creating a service to commemorate the Feast of the Our Lady of Guadalupe. Please contact ministry leaders Gustavo Hernandez and Diane Mazuca at
Holy Hikes® is a network of Christian eco-ministries committed to rebuilding Communion between all of God’s Creation by worshiping God in the beauty of the outdoors. We will hold liturgical hikes throughout the year to immerse ourselves in what John Muir called God’s “first temples.” We meet on the third Saturday of the month. The location changes each month. Register for specific hike directions/instructions.
The Hospitality Ministry at St. David’s consists of Café Divine, Holy Grounds Café & Bookstore, and The Space at St. David’s. We are here to serve the hospitality needs of the St. David’s community as well as the greater Austin community. We offer a variety of services, including catering, event planning, fresh coffee and a full espresso bar, and retail sales. Our current staff includes Chef Ray Trono, Taylor Cloyd, and Edmundo Vasquez. We are a ministry that depends on regular volunteers to help with both our internal church events and external community events. If you are interested in learning more about our ministry and volunteer opportunities, contact Chef Ray at or Taylor Cloyd at or visit us next time you’re at St. David’s. You can find one of us on the third floor!
Intercessory Prayer is a very simple prayer practice that connects us with the needs of others. We gather on Thursdays at 12:15 in Grace Chapel to pray over the cards that are put in the offering plate and the list of names for whom prayer has been requested. No special skills, texts, or supplies are needed! Come join us!
For eight blessed years, this ministry has helped our neighbors who require assistance to do their laundry with dignity by providing laundry supplies and funds. Laundry Love is a time of fellowship and fun centered around making the task of doing laundry less burdensome! Volunteers meet at SpinZone Laundry on South Congress on the last Thursday of the month and hand out supplies; serve food; and visit with participants. (Volunteers arrive at 5 p.m. if possible to help set up.) .
The labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool found in many religious traditions. Its use in the Christian tradition dates to around 328 A.D. St. David’s labyrinth is patterned after the one in Chartres Cathedral, France, from 1215 A.D. to 1221 A.D. Walking a labyrinth is a way to pray or meditate. The Labyrinth Guild helps with the care of the labyrinth at St. David’s. Docents are trained in the history and spiritual design of the labyrinth in order to help host labyrinth events. .
The Men’s Bible Study is a consistent, ongoing group that meets simultaneously on-site and online every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. We have met nearly every week for 10 years. Welcoming newcomers is one reason we have lasted so long. Come join us. Make friends and let’s be amazed at how relevant these ancient stories are today.
Each week we study about a chapter. Preparation is not required because we read the passage at the beginning of class. We usually work straight through a book, studying a chapter at a time. Right now, we are studying Psalms. (Don’t worry, we won’t study all 150.)
The monthly Men’s Group is a good dinner party where we find meaningful friendships and celebrate community. We meet once a month for dinner primarily at the parish, but occasionally in member homes. The dinner is typically steak and potato with BYOB. The dinners take place on the third Thursday of the month from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. We hold an annual Men’s retreat once a year with the Fall retreat planned for 9/30 – 10/2. Sign up to the Men’s Group email alias to get the date reminders.
St. Dave’s Movie Group is a monthly meeting that takes place on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 11:15 in the Vestry Room. Here we discuss 2-3 First Run and New to Streaming movies, English speaking and foreign, that we hope will make it to the Academy Awards, (and/or provide a cultural touchstone). Notes with reviews, history and questions sent out before the meeting. We would love to have you join us!
In 1959, the women of St. David’s started a bold idea: Establish a consignment resale shop and give our profits to restore our Historic Church and to heal our community.
Since 1959, Next-to-New has given more than $3 million dollars back to Austin.
These donations are possible because Next-To-New has a small number of staff and is powered by volunteers from St. David’s Episcopal Church and the community.
We need volunteers! Our volunteers power our mission at Next-to-New. They are our heart and soul. We value their gracious gift of time and talent.
Volunteers may help customers, or take in, process, and display inventory.
- Shifts are only 3 hours/week
- No experience needed
- Fun and family-friendly
- Everyone welcome
St. David’s takes a Holy Communion service once a month to a few retirement communities. We need a musician and an assistant to help with readings, prayers, and distribution (No License required). If you are interested, please contact Fr. Bob at . Thank you for your interest in this rewarding ministry!
The Parish Choir is an ensemble of experienced singers who ordinarily serve approximately three Sundays per month. Under the direction of Dr. David Stevens, Director of Music, the chorus has a wide-ranging repertory, from Renaissance motets to classical and romantic anthems, from works by 20th-century British composers to arrangements of spirituals. The Parish Choir has also sung many major choral works at special services and concerts.
The Prime Timers are a group of retired empty nesters who enjoy each other’s company. Before Covid-19 the group met about once a month with a summer hiatus. We have very little structure and select our events based on our member suggestions and on who has ideas for activities. Our most popular events are our themed potluck gatherings held in the homes of some of the participants. They are usually attended by16 to 30 people. Themes include: Christmas party with carols, white elephant gift exchange, Valentine celebration, ranch Bar-B-Que, Robert Burns night, and others. The group also hosts a luncheon for the St David Habitat build volunteers. New members are welcome and fresh ideas for meetings or outings are encouraged.
The St. David’s Ramp Build Team is part of the Texas Ramp Build Project, Travis County region. There are approximately 6 build teams in our region and since 2006 the Texas Ramp Project has expanded into 40 Texas regions from Texarkana to El Paso and Amarillo to McAllen. The St David’s Ramp Project began in 2017 and we have completed well over 30 builds.
Team organizers are Rex Hunt and Chef Ray Trono. Our team of volunteers build ramps monthly on Saturdays at the homes of clients with mobility challenges. The build locations are determined by our region’s coordinators who work with various social service agencies in the region. Our builds are scheduled for 1 to 2 months out.
We always need volunteers, no experience necessary or tools required. If you are interested or want additional information, contact Chef Ray at This is an extremely rewarding and fun community involvement opportunity. We often take for granted the quality of life, being able to move easily in and out of home brings until you see what it is like when someone can’t.
The St. Agnes Guild is a group of knitters and crocheters of all ages. It has been in existence for about two decades. We make prayer shawls, scarves, hats, and other items which are distributed to parishioners and members of the community, such as the homeless, who are in need. There are free lessons and materials available. Meetings are held the last Saturday of the month in the morning at the church. It is a great time for fellowship, fun and service combined! We welcome items made by those who cannot attend the Saturday meetings. Donations of yarn and needles are also appreciated. We would welcome your participation!
The St. David’s Singers is an intergenerational ensemble that includes members with a range of musical backgrounds, from those with decades of choral experience to singers at the beginning of their musical journey. Members enjoy a relaxed and learning-focused atmosphere that emphasizes music reading and interpretation, healthy singing practices, and Christian community. At present the Singers rehearse Wednesday nights and serve monthly at the 11:15 am Sunday Eucharist, as well as on some Holy Days.
The St. David’s Singers are always looking for new members. Sang in high school choir? Played in band? Love to sing in church or in the car? The Singers might be right for you! Contact Eric Mellenbruch, Organist & Associate Music Director, for more information.
What is the Flower Delivery Guild? The Sunday Flower Delivery Guild is a group of Angels who deliver flower arrangements to parishioners or others in the community in need of comfort, thanks, or support.
Do I have to know how to arrange flowers? No, you deliver beautiful arrangements made by the Altar Guild team.
How do deliveries work? Team members serve in pairs and typically deliver flowers once every 8 weeks or so (there are no deliveries during Lent). Generally, each team member has two arrangements to deliver each time they serve.
When are flowers delivered? Flowers are ready for delivery by 1 pm on Sundays in the lobby of St. David’s and may be picked up Sunday afternoons or on Mondays. How do I become a member? Just email ministry leaders Erin Donoghue and Jennifer Lee at
The Abbey is a Zoom-based spirituality center and website hosting groups, podcasts, and other resources for the spiritual life. Join us for meditation or a book study on Tuesdays; Prayers for Ukraine on Fridays; Labyrinth walking on Saturdays; and ongoing Enneagram discussions on Saturdays. Visit our website theabbey.us for more information.
The Middle Place is an adult formation group that meets every Sunday during the 10:00 formation hour, as well as various social events including virtual happy hours and gatherings at member’s homes. We formed this group based on a desire for greater community with those walking through shared experiences during this middle phase of life, to discuss the happenings, celebrations, and challenges that adults in this life stage frequently face. People in this community often lead a fast-paced life with competing demands from careers to family relationships, personal development, parenting, and caring for aging parents. Together we engage in studies and conversations to make meaning of this shared time and connect with others in a spiritual context.
We started in September of 2019 as a 6 week long Journey Group with the hopes to continue if participation was good, and it was! We have been grateful to have strong participation ever since and truly carried each other through the pandemic. We are so glad to continue to meet and offer both virtual and in person options so that those who want to and/or are able to be in person can join and those who want to and/or need to join virtually can so that there are no barriers to being together in community. We love and encourage participation. We meet every Sunday during the 10:00 formation hour in a hybrid model of both online and in person in the Vestry Room. Please join us!
At Trinity Center, we seek to serve the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of individuals experiencing homelessness or poverty. Trinity Center Achieves its mission through:
- Volunteer opportunities that foster compassion, understanding, and acceptance of God’s people who are homeless and poor
- Neighborly hospitality in a caring environment
- Collaboration with similarly focused agencies, faith-based organizations, service providers and partner congregations
- The responsible use of space provided by St. David’s Episcopal Church
Daily Services Include:
- Partner Agencies utilizing our space for resources (Community Care, Central Texas Food Bank, ECHO, Integral Care)
- The access for individuals to use our address as a mailing address and receive mail at our agency Mon.-Fri.
- 80-100 Breakfast meals served daily Monday–Friday
- Daily phone and computer use
- Women’s and Men’s Clothing closet
- Women’s shower ministry on Tuesday’s led by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
- ID Assistance (Birth Certificates, ID’s/Driver’s Licenses, Food Handler’s Certificate, Prescriptions, Long Distance Bus Tickets)
- Weekly Sunday Meal at 3 p.m. held by partner churches
- Daily Case Management
Trinity Center needs volunteers who can commit to coming and serving regularly/weekly for the opportunities below:
- Monday’s Women’s Clothing Closet Distribution (9–11:30 AM)
- Weekly Front Desk Volunteers from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
- Daily Prep and Breakfast Distribution (8 a.m.–9:30 a.m.): 2 needed for Tuesdays, 1 needed for Friday. In addition to volunteers, Trinity Center is always in need of toiletry items and women’s and men’s clothing (especially men’s). Items currently most needed and asked for include:
- Men’s underwear (all sizes)
- Men’s pants/shorts
- Men’s t-shirts
- Toiletry items: Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, shaving razors
Trinity Center is located at the corner of Trinity & 7th Street, hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Usher Ministry serves at most of our services, acting as the host to help parishioners have a comfortable and convenient worship experience. We pass out bulletins, pass and count the collection, and assist with organizing the crowd for seating in the larger services. We are also there to answer questions and assist in the case of emergencies. No advance training is required. We will provide you with all you need to know as you go.
If you are interested in serving, you can select which service time you are available to serve. We have an electronic system that will schedule you in advance to serve. This system allows you to block out any dates that you are unavailable or to request a substitute if you have last-minute changes that prevent you from serving. Our target is to have enough members of this ministry so that each of us serves approximately once per month.
Warm Heart International, Inc. (WHI) is a St. David’s charity formed in 2006 to undertake activities that support poor and undeveloped communities to change their situations. WHI partners with Anglican organizations to change situations such as lack of water, food, sanitation, education, housing, and access to medical services. Warm Heart International, Inc. is registered with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501(C)(3) charity and has an independent Board of Directors appointed by the Vestry of St. David’s Episcopal Church. WHI and St. David’s EC have established a relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi (ADSM) whereby WHI has partnered with ADSM to assist with:
- Water supplies for communities, clinics, schools, and seminaries,
- Assistance for sustainable feeding programs for orphans, elderly, and survivors of HIV
- Medical supplies and equipment for clinics and hospitals,
- Books for students,
- Scholarships for students,
- Microloans to establish women based small businesses,
- Seeds and other supplies for flood relief, and
- Grain for drought relief.
The primary purpose for participating in this event is to inform the parish of WHI’s work in Southern Malawi, particularly as St. David’s and WHI are sponsoring a pilgrimage of 12 Malawians to Austin who are expected to arrive on May 18.
The St. David’s Women’s Group is an all-ages group that meets for lunch and fellowship on the fourth Sunday of each month. It is open to all women and is an especially great way to introduce friends to St. David’s!
This year’s women’s retreat will take place at MoRanch in the Texas Hill Country from Friday afternoon June 17, 2022, through Sunday at noon on June 19, 2022. This is a time of fellowship, prayer, and renewal with our fellow ladies. The theme of this year’s retreat is the use of poetry as a way to encounter the divine and express our faith. All meals are included as part of the cost as well as room and board for the weekend. Single occupancy is $375 and $250 for double occupancy. The weekend is limited to 20 spots so reserve your spot as soon as possible. Please contact Pastor Angela with any questions.
The Writers Guild has been meeting every Sunday for a couple of decades in St. David’s Library, rain or shine, from about 1-3 p.m., with occasional Zoom sessions due to Covid restrictions. We are open to all writers and hopefuls who wish to share and improve their original writing, and to those who would like to listen. All forms of writing are welcome; secular, sacred, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, essays, and associated art or photography. Writers are encouraged to bring pieces that have been revised at least once, rather than first drafts. Writers read their works aloud. They are encouraged, but not required, to distribute copies. After each reading, members offer critiques in a manner that is honest, specific, and kind, pointing out what charmed them or drew them in, and/or what made them hesitate or depart from the piece. If the writer requests open commentary, members may also suggest possible edits. Out of respect for the church, please do not bring sadistic, pornographic, or vitriolic writing. Political writing, if presented, will be discussed for literary merit, not for point of view. All discussion is kept apolitical.
The Young Adult Community is made up of people aged 22-30 (ish). Some are single, while some are married/partnered; some have babies while some don’t; some are full-time professionals and some are grad students. We gather every other Thursday night for prayer, study, fellowship, and encouragement.
St. David’s Youth Ministry has two main recurring programming options. Most Wednesday evenings, we gather for EYC; most Sunday mornings, we gather for Formation. All youth, 6th thru 12th grades welcome!
What those programs have in common:
- We’re currently gathering 6-12th grades together in one room (as opposed to separating middle and high school).
- We always start with check-ins, which involve sharing your name, pronouns, school, and three things happening in your life you want to share. This helps us all get to know one another and be present during the highs and lows of our lives together.
- We pray together after check-ins.
- We always take a selfie together.
- Whether we’re gathering Wednesday nights or Sunday mornings, our goal is always to create an intentionally welcoming, loving community of peers.
Where these programs differ:
- EYC includes dinner.
- Formation has a heavy focus on learning together, while EYC is more focused on having fun together.
- Formation is 80% learning/wrestling with Scripture and our faith questions, 20% games. EYC is 80% games, 20% learning/intentionally devoting ourselves to God.
Another way to say this might be: EYC is more about rest and play. Formation is more about spiritual growth and actively turning towards God.